An interview with Jonathan Kennett

Where do you start when writing the first book about the history of New Zealand-made bicycles? What kind of stories do you uncover along the way?

In this interview, Jonathan Kennett discusses his travels across Aotearoa to research the history of New Zealand-made bicycles and the fascinating people and stories he encountered.

When he first dreamed of writing this book, his brother thought he’d be lucky to find 35 New Zealand-made bikes. After a year of digging around in archives, factories and backyard sheds, Jonathan found over 100 examples.

Listen to Jonathan’s remarkable insights about bike-making in Aotearoa and his journey of writing The Bikes We Built.